Sunday, August 31, 2008

And last, but not least. Actually, he's not the last either

Nicholas, being a Kindergartener, was a week behind his siblings for his first day of school. He was pretty excited to be able to go to "the big red school". Somehow, in his mind, it was totally different than going to preschool in the trailer like last year. Here's a little photo journal of his morning:

A cool backpack is a must....

Nicholas tells me that these Speed Racer shoes make him the fastest in the universe....everyday, not just today.

This is Mr. Hunt, Nicholas's teacher. He seems very nice. Just like a kindergarten teacher ought to be.

Monday, August 18, 2008

I'm not old enough to have a sophomore

Today was the weirdest first day of school ever. I still can't understand what happened to summer vacation. I feel rather like I fell asleep and 6 weeks passed without my knowing! (which I KNOW can't be true because I am about to konk out in this very well rested person here!) There was no build-up, no excitement, virtually no school shopping (not that I'm complaining!) It felt like my kids were off swimming at the pool or something. Maybe I am just in denial because I have one of these:

A real, honest to goodness SOPHOMORE!!

And also one of these:

And don't forget a genuine this:

An offspring in every school. How weird. I'm not ready for school to be starting. It's too much work.

On the bright side, I still have a couple of these at home:

(Any opportunity to sneak in a cute Connor picture)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Birthday boy & a brainless blunder......

Today is Jason's birthday. I forgot. Until about 3:30 this afternoon when my niece, Angela (refer to previous post to see picture of Angela) called to wish him a happy birthday. I didn't really FORGET, forget. On some level I knew his birthday was soon, I just sort of forgot it was Friday today. My brain is full of holes. Not like swiss cheese, more like havarti....little holes. Little holes that forget big things.

In said realization of birthday, we (kids & I) decided to greet Jason when he got home with all the things he loves: "Happy Birthday Dad! Come sit on the couch! We changed the channel from Baby Einstein to the Olympics. Here's a cold Full Throttle. We got you a copy of the Thrifty Nickel to peruse, and here is a crown for you to wear! Do you like your balloons? Let me get you a pillow and you can lay down for a bit. We turned off all the lights and turned up the thermostat! The kids drew you some happy birthday pictures, aren't they cute? Let me rub your feet after your long day of work! We made you a cake!"

In the short amount of time from realization to Jason's return home, I thought I'd make a cake. It was a yummy, from scratch, chocolate cake with the coconut frosting that you put under the broiler to make it all caramely.MMMmm.......see?

So I pulled it out from under the broiler and set it on the counter top to cool. We put the finishing touches on our welcome home and waited for Jason to appear. He had called from work as he left, so I figured we had plenty of time. I had bought enough candles to signify each and every year Jason is celebrating. 38 is a lot of candles for a cake. I giggled in anticipation as I packed in the proliferation of potential pyrotechnics. I walked away for a few minutes only to return to this:

Notice anything odd?

Look again.....see how the candles are tilting at funny angles?

**insert unladylike expletive here**

Yes. That is exactly what I did.I melted half of thirty-eight candles into Jason's almost-wasn't birthday cake. It's not funny. Wait...... Yes. Yes it is funny. It just took me a minute or so to realize it.

See, Jason doesn't really care about the trappings of a birthday. He has always humored me in the past when I planned a Martha-Stewart level production, but really, those were for me. But it IS important to him that it's remembered. I could tell he was a little sad at my first, yes FIRST forgetful birthday experience in 23 1/2 years of our history together.

So, Jason. I apologize X 38 for ALMOST totally forgetting your birthday today. Thanks for letting us shower you with our absurd attempts at adoration. Thanks for saying the cake was beautiful and suggesting that we could carve out the wax from around the candles and still eat it. Thanks for only caring a little that your wife is slowly going sack of hammers. Thanks for letting me take this silly picture of you.
And thanks most of all for being the best husband and father I know. I love you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Do you know how freaking far away Huntington is?

I am a reluctant family reunion-er. Every time we get invited to one of these things, I moan and groan about having to go. This time, I did try to keep my mouth shut as much as possible, and off to Huntington we went. Can I just say, Huntington Utah is in the middle of NOWHERE!! Y'know how when you drive to Vegas, you wonder if it is ever going to appear? That's Huntington. Well, it always turns out to be more fun than I thought it would be, and this is why:

My neice BobbiJo with Connor.

Angela and her adorable Adele.

And who might this purblind pirate be?

Why, it's Nicholas!(he happens to be from my side of the family too.....)

Here's cute little Chloe Belle

Spencer-- another Jason-Tammy collaboration--

These two sweetie pies (Lexton & Isabelle) belong to this pretty girl: a.k.a. Tiffany

Jason and Janice--Jan always seems to be happy. How great to be around people like her!

Isabelle being force-fed some poprocks by her cousin, Mason....

Shelby showing off her mad monkey skills on the rock wall

And last, but not least--
Cameron working on his candy bracelet from the fish pond.

And just generally being cute...

Jason really does have a wonderful family and I know I am blessed that they are such a close family. I can honestly say I love them all! I can't wait until next year! (I think we might only have to drive to Tooele!)

Friday, August 01, 2008

In honor of Edward....

I bought this echinacea last year because it was called "Twilight", which coincidentally is the name of my favorite Stephenie Meyer book. I planted it, and waited for it to bloom. It didn't. This year I saw new green growth in mid-spring and thought "I can't even remember what color this thing is" after all, I bought it for the name....

Well, about two days ago, I noticed a bit of pretty purple pushing forth and today, on the eve of the "Breaking Dawn" release, Finally a flower!!

So in honor of Edward....I post my "Twilight" echinacea on my way out the door to attend the book release parties. May "Breaking Dawn" redeem my faith in Stephenie Meyer and her sparkly vampires!!!

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